I was unable to help myself and spent some time looking at sporty wristwatches. The Baume & Mercier is the one I want most. The Apple is the one I can afford.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Every winner at Le Mans and the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona receives a coveted platinum and ice-blue Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. This bold instrument’s chronograph function is accurate to within one-eighth second, and the tachometric scale on the bezel lets the wearer calculate a racing car’s speed.
Besides the checkered flag graphics and engraved, red-lettered Indy 500 slogan, you know the TAG Heuer Formula One 200M Chronograph is meant for the racetrack because of its one-tenth-second counter. The steel wristband’s safety clasp has a racing suit extension for wear outside the sleeve. Price: $1,550.
The French watchmaker B.R.M. Chronographes has partnered with General Motors to create a licensed, limited-edition Corvette Racing wristwatch in tribute to the Corvette’s tradition of success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The series, available in November, includes three chronographs; the top of the line V12-44-COR-03 is limited to 24 examples for each 2015 entry—cars number 63 and number 64. It’s emblazoned with Corvette ensignia and the United States’ flag. Price: $10,750.
Breitling for Bentley Barnato Racing
Woolf Barnato, the esteemed champion driver of the 1920s, would be so pleased. Intricate yet sporty, elegant in the limited edition red-gold series yet also rugged, the Bentley Barnato Racing has an off-the-charts wow factor. And few other watches are linked to such deep tradition.
Tonino Lamborghini 1947 2505 Rosè Automatic Chrono
This restrained, limited-edition chronograph by Anthony “Tonino” Lamborghini, son of Ferruccio, evinces a classic, meticulously dressed midcentury look. The guilloche-tooled ground that decorates the dial is deliciously finished in red and black, numerals are sparingly used, and the hands—including the independently sweeping second hand and stopwatch timer—are slender and elegant. The strap, stamped in a crocodile pattern, is of brown leather. Price: $2,800 (before taxes and shipping).
Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1
If other watches are too garish, the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 will sober you up to carbide-coated, black-and-white reality. Like the uncompromisingly precise character of Porsche cars and SUVs, the Series 1 is about nothing other than the business of high performance. Price: 4,750 €
Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra 10232
A Guardsman blue field and dual racing stripes spread across the beguiling dial of this tribute to Carroll Shelby and the Cobra. Chronograph counters resemble Cobra instrument dials, and the Cobra emblem peers from a place atop the second hand. Shelby’s signature is engraved in the sapphire crystal back along with “Shelby Cobra Edition” and “One out of 1965” on the case. Adding a sporty note, the strap, of black alligator, is accented with a red calfskin lining.
Apple Watch Sport
Definitely not made in Switzerland, the Apple Watch Sport may lack cachet, with an aluminum body (instead of Porsche Design’s titanium one), and without the knurled bezels and intricate dials of the finer chronographs. But its stopwatch even graphs out variations in lap times. And with the Space Gray case and black strap, the Sport looks terrific. Price: $349 to $399.